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2007 College of San Mateo Martha J. Tilmann

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STUDENT APARTMENTS Ashburn Gardens, Kensington There are approximately 56 apartments available to students at Ashburn Gardens. Typically, two or more students share a space with a kitchen, bath, bedroom, and living/dining area. Each apartment has a TV that receives five non-cable stations. Apartments are cleaned once a week by a service paid for by the students. Nearby are two complete grocery stores, a laundry, several restaurants, the Gloucester Underground station, and plenty of easyaccess quick-shop stores. Upon arrival, students are given a brochure with the “House Rules.” These include but are not limited to: No unauthorized occupants; No visitors before 8am; No smoking or lit candles in the apartments; and No Parties.

Cross-street with Internet Café

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APT - Living Room

APT - Kitchen

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APT – Bedroom

 Bathroom

Hot water runs through these pipes to heat the bathroom and WARM your TOWEL! 

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HOME STAY A “home stay” places the student (or faculty) with a British family. Most home stay families have a long standing relationship with AIFS.

HS - Living Room

HS – Dining Room

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HS – Kitchen

HS - Student in her bedroom

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THE UNDERGROUND The London Underground is an underground railway system that serves a large part of Greater London, United Kingdom and some neighboring areas. It is the world's oldest underground system, and is one of the longest in terms of route length. Services began on 10th January 1863, and today it continues as one of the most efficient and easy to navigate transportation system in Europe.

“Mind the gap!�

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Piccadilly Station

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Russell Square

Canary Wharf Station

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STREET AND PARK SCENES WALKING TO CAMPUS

In addition to the Underground, London has a complete, efficient, and easy –to-follow bus system. Pictured here is a “double-decker” modeled after the classic London Routemaster originally introduced in 1956. Except for a few heritage operations, Routemasters were removed from service in 2005.

Café in the Park

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Pictured here is a telephone booth, telephone kiosk, or as it is called in the United Kingdom, telephone box. The advent of the cell phone has nearly made these obsolete.

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UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UNION (ULU) Many students’ activities and services are in the ULU including the classrooms and faculty offices.

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Sinead Sheehan, AIFS staff Faculty in their ULU office.

Back row: Lenore Gallin (Diablo Valley College) and Mark Stewart (Cosumnes River College) Front row: Scott Haine (College of San Mateo) and Laura Downing-Lee (Santa Rosa Junior College)

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These students were willing to spend lunch with me sharing their Study Abroad experience.

Nicole Williams (Cosumnes River College), Alex Barthel (Cosumnes River College), Felice Hernandez (CSM), and Slyvia Lee (CSM)

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CLASS ROOMS in Univeristy of London Union

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STUDENT BOOK STORE IN ULU

Students typically get their textbooks in the States prior to coming to London. They can also be ordered through Amazon.com and reliability sent to the AIFS office. At the end of the semester students either donate their texts to AIFS or bring them back to the US for resale. STUDENT EXERCISE FACILITY IN ULU Students are welcome to join the ULU exercise facility, Entergy Base, for a fee. Equipment includes an aerobics/strength room, a pool, and a badminton court for individual scheduling. There are also many fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, and Spinning. Because these classes are open the University of London, this provides an opportunity for our students to interact with their British counterparts. Normal life in London offers exercise as many students walk to and from public transportation stations.

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ULU badminton court

STUDENT CAFE IN ULU The union also has a coffee shop where students can buy sandwiches, fruit, drinks, and other assorted snacks. Food and coffee are nutritious and tasty.

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BIRKBECK COLLEGE This building is two doors down from the University of London Union. A 200-seat lecture room on the second floor is used for the British Life and Culture class that has all students in attendance at the same time.

Bob Craig, a local consultant, gives a lecture on London’s newest architecture.

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Mark Stewart and Bob Craig in the faculty sitting area

“British Life and Culture Course” LECTURES: “Introduction to Britain,” “British Theatre,” “History of London,” “British Media,” “Parliament and Politics,” “European Union,” “Modern Architecture,” “Monarchy and the Royals,” and “Anglo-American Relations.” FIELDTRIPS: Guided tour and talk at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Guided walking tour of the City of London, Tour of the Houses of Parliament, Guy Fawkes, World War II and the Blitz, Visit to the Imperial War Museum, and Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, SELF GUIDED TOURS: British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and Victoria and Albert Museum.

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DILKE HOUSE American Institute of Foreign Study 1 Malet Street, London WC1E 7 JN, ENGLAND American Institute of Foreign Studies (AIFS) ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

In 1964, Cyril Taylor formed the American Institute for Foreign Study. More than 40 years later, AIFS has global offices in 5 countries. Today, Sir Cyril Taylor continues to serve as AIFS Chairman, and in 1989, was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his service in education.

Cyril Taylor, Picture from AIFS website

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AIFS Staff

Ailsa Brookes, Senior Vice President of AIFS, Martha Tilmann, Dean of Technology, CSM, and Corrine Rowland, London Program Coordinator, AIFS.

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STUDENT COMPUTER CENTERS in the Dilke House

The computer center is heavily used because Internet access is often limited in the students’ Home Stays and apartments. The center’s connection is reliable albeit slow compared to US standards. Many students use their laptops in these areas with seemingly reliable wireless access. There are many “Internet Cafes” on the streets of London. They are fairly inexpensive, and easily found.

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APPENDIX Potential British Life and Culture (BLC) Destinations

Tower of London Bridge as seen at night on a misty evening.

The “Jack the Ripper” tour starts at the Tower of London Underground station. From there it winds around the areas where several of the brutal murders took place. Pictured here are original warehouses in which “Jack the Ripper” was assumed to have frequented. They are still in use today.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD. The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710. Students and faculties attended “Evensong” service as a “British Life and Culture” fieldtrip.

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British Museum

The British Museum houses one of the most spectacular collections in the world spanning two million years of human history. The museum is within two blocks of the Dilke House. As part of the “British Life and Culture” class, students had a self guided tour. Admission to the British Museum, as well as all museums in London, is free.

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First Emperor of China (British Museum) The study abroad students also had an opportunity to view the traveling exhibit of “The First Emperor.” Born in 259 BC, Ying Zheng became “King of Qin” at the age of 13. As China’s First Emperor, Qin (among many other things) standardized weights and measurements, established a single currency and a universal script. The Emperor wanted to govern China forever and thus spent most his life constructing a tomb complex for his afterlife. The exhibit features a sample collection of the 7000 terracotta solders build to protect this elaborate burial ground, as well as, artillery, musical instruments, and other artifacts of the period.

Picture from the BM website.

Egyptian Section “Coffins began to be used in Egyptian graves from about 3000 BC, and could be made of wood, basketry, or pottery. Their use was designed to improve the conditions in which the dead were buried, but by isolating the body from the drying effects of the surrounding sand the good preservation of the body was lost, resulting in the decay of the soft tissue.”

Mummy Section Prosthetic toe from about 1070-664 BC. This false toe was found attached to the foot of a mummy, and is an early example of the use of prosthetics in the ancient world.

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London Theatre

Pictured here is “Wicked.” “Lord of the Rings” was a “British Life and Culture” fieldtrip.

The Eye Of London This observation wheel, opened in 1999, was designed by Julie Barfield as part of the “Celebration of the Millennium.” It’s located on the Thames River and towers 443 feet over London. The wheel turns continuously, even as passengers get on and off the ride.

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The wheel carries 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger capsules attached to its external circumference. Each capsule holds approximately 25 people.

House of Parliament as seen at dusk from the Eye of London.

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Portobello Market in Notting Hill

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Kensington Palace

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And of course, one can never forget the PUBS of London!

Scottish fried peppers and potatoes with grilled beef steak, Italian wine, and a good book. A perfect meal during a perfect trip. BOOK: “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith.

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